Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta

Does craftiness run in a family?  It must. My mom and I are both fiber enthusiasts but find our passion in different branches of the fiber arts.  My mom is a quilter and I am a knitter and crocheter. We have both tried to love each other’s fiber art, but with mixed results.  

Earlier this year my mom told me about the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta (https://www.fiberartsfiesta.org/fiesta.html) which is held every other year.  It is an all inclusive fiber arts show that includes, well, everything.  By everything I mean quilting, dying (yarn and fabric), spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, tatting etc.  At the fiesta you can sign up for a variety of classes, look at fiber works of art, and shop from regional vendors.

This year was the first time I was able to attend.  My mom and I took a class called “Simple Beaded Crochet Necklace”.  It was so much fun! The necklace itself was something similar to what I have made before, but there is something fun about taking a class with someone else.  Even though the technique was easy I learned about beads and a new type of fiber I have never worked with before called waxed linen.

Just walking around the show entries was incredible.  I saw the most amazing crochet wedding dress, beautiful brioche knits, a retro-style dress made out of sunflower seed bags, hand pieced quilts, and “modern” styled abstract quilts that were awe-inspiring.  

If you live in the southwest or wish to travel to the southwest I would try to catch the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta.  Just keep in mind that it only happens every other year. The next fiesta will be held in 2021.

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